Global Health Faculty Associates
Global Health Faculty Associates are a transdisciplinary group of educators, researchers, and practitioners that have an integral role in advancing global health at the University of Minnesota.
Below is a growing list of faculty with a general description of their expertise and a link to their complete biography. Also visit the Global Health Impact Map for database of global health activities at the Academic Health Center.
School of Dentistry
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Expertise: Arboviruses: dengue, chikungunya, zika, Sero-epidemiology of viruses and correlates of protection, Issues in serology critical to vaccine introduction and evaluation, Field studies of transmission and pathogenesis, Importance of subclinical and mild infections in virus transmission, Evaluation of early clinical predictors of severe infection
Locations: Vietnam, Thailand
Expertise: Family planning; global population health; clinical research; global reproductive health including access and uptake of family planning services, safe abortion care, novel methods to screen and treat cervical disease and medical education.
Locations: Latin America, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa
Expertise: International maternal and child nutrition, the interaction between nutritional deficiencies and infectious disease, and the effect of these interactions on child health and long-term cognitive development
Expertise: Global health and development of children adopted, medical advocacy and education on the care of orphan populations around the world, pediatric resident medical education, research, evaluation and diagnosis for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Locations: South Korea, China, Global Local, Tribal Communities
Expertise: Global child health; curriculum development, implementation and evaluation in global health education; demographics, evaluation and treatment of infectious diseases among internationally adopted children
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Expertise: Inpatient care of adults, medical education, internal medicine, hospital medicine, global health, quality improvement, farmworker/Latino health, documentation and coding, resident mentorship in scholarship
Locations: Global Local, Panama
Expertise: research-based clinic for young children with a history of early adversity and toxic stress, focusing on early identification and intervention; acute vs. delayed iron therapy in severe malaria on anemia, iron status, and neurobehavioral development; red blood cell iron incorporation in severe malaria
Locations: Kazakhstan, Russia, Uganda
Assistant Professor; Director of Global Health Education; Associate Residency Program Director
Expertise: Non-traditional medical education including game-based learning, online learning, use of social media for education, and simulation. Co-created SUGAR a simulation curricula widely used in global health preparation.
Locations: Special interest in resident preparation for work in global health; has worked most extensively in Tanzania and Haiti
Expertise: Global health, neonatal resuscitation, management of ventilators, neonatal care in low-resource settings, pain management, recognition and treatment of neonatal jaundice, treatment of malnutrition, immunization updates
Locations: Nigeria, Kenya, Thailand, Uganda
Associate Professor of Medicine
Expertise: Expertise lies in primarily in domestic homeless populations and have conducted research on their end of life and respite care. Also have interest in ethics of treating vulnerable and disenfranchised populations.
Locations: Global Local
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Expertise: How human mobility affects infectious diseases, travel and tropical medicine, parasitology, travel medicine, general infectious diseases, pediatric infectious diseases, adult infectious diseases
Locations: Tanzania, Uganda, Thailand, Malaysia, Global Local
Expertise: Medical education. Involved with medical student, resident and practicing physician education globally, with emphasis in Afghanistan. Locally, developed a new refugee clinic and a travel clinic within our residency. CTropMed®
Locations: Afghanistan, Global
School of Nursing
Clinical Assistant Professor
Expertise: Environmental, social and individual factors fostering healthy youth development; coping mechanisms in immigrant and refugee youth; drugs, substance use, violence and mental health in immigrant and refugee youth
Locations: Kenya, Global Local
Clinical Associate Professor
Expertise: Family nurse practitioner with clinical experience in modeling and teaching the value of considering social determinants of health, developing cultural sensitivity, and engaging patients and communities to promote health
Locations: Honduras, Guatemala and global-local underserved populations.
Expertise: Effects of yoga on osteoarthritis-related outcomes in older adults; Design and development of technology for older adults to improve exercise adherence and monitor symptoms; Knowledge, skills and attitudes of complementary and alternative therapies among geriatric nurse practitioners
Clinical Associate Professor
Expertise: Implementing integrative health care and inter professional practice with a focus on 'health care in context' and the related issues of access and economics specific to women’s health care. Integrative medicine, women's midlife healthcare, interprofessional education. Study focus is on health care practices in the Afro-Brazilian female population. This includes both the federal health care system and the alternative health care community.
Location: Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
Expertise: Research design; family assessment and intervention; children with special health care needs; stress and coping; children with special health care needs; cross-cultural health and culturally competent care; family health and care-giving
Expertise: Psychiatric-mental health nursing; scholarship of distance teaching and learning; older women's mental health; nursing interventions for late-life depression; integrative mental health; and interprofessional mental health education.
Expertise: public health nursing; theoretical foundations of nursing; nursing administration; intervention effectiveness research; disseminating effective interventions; Omaha System psychometrics and applications; data mining and machine learning methods
Expertise: Promoting healthy physical and emotional trajectories into adulthood; trans-disciplinary eco-health research to advance global health; use of mHealth and photovoice strategies in health promotion
Locations: Rwanda, Uganda, Global Local
Expertise: Refugee trauma, stress and coping; community-based coping intervention research; eco-health strategies in central/eastern Africa; war and health; refugee experience; public health in resource-poor countries; population-focused assessment; one health strategies
Locations: Uganda, Central and East Africa
Clinical Assistant Professor
Expertise: Women’s health working with local immigrant and refugee communities including Hmong, Somali, and Liberian, Special interest in public policy and healthcare, over 25 years’ experience in community and multi-specialty systems as a WHNP.
Clinical Associate Professor
Expertise: Nurse-midwifery, obstetric nursing, adolescent sexual risk behavior, health promotion in adolescent populations, American Indian health, improving access to nurse-midwives
Locations: Tribal Communities
Expertise: Gerontological nursing, research, evidence-based practice, science of nursing intervention; effects of aerobic exercise in Alzheimer’s disease; physical activity and cognition; community-based care for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease; prevent cognitive decline in older adults
College of Pharmacy
Director, Pharmaceutical Care Learning Center, and Associate Professor
Expertise: Implementation of patient care services in a community pharmacy; initiatives to improve access to healthcare in rural and/or underserved populations
Locations: Italy, Germany
Expertise: Value propositions changing health care based cost management to value management; pharmacoeconomics and outcomes analysis; impact of ethnic differences in pharmacokinetics and population risk assessment of fixed drug formularies; health economics
Locations: China, Germany
School of Public Health
Professor and Division Head
Expertise: Cancer: Risk Factors / Incidence, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, Injuries / Injury Prevention, Mining Health, Occupational Health & Safety, Pulmonary Disease, Research Methods
Locations: Thailand, Vietnam, India
Expertise: Infectious disease epidemiology, vaccines, meningococcal disease, influenza, design and implementation of clinical epidemiological studies, epidemiological and statistical methods, evaluating public health interventions, survey design, immunology, ecology of infectious diseases, evolutionary medicine, international research.
Locations: Mali, Senegal, Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Brazil, India, Panama
Expertise: Clinical trials in pulmonary disease, smoking, ophthalmology, and cardiovascular disease; case-control studies; estimation of odds ratio; random effects models; coefficient-of-variation models for laboratory data; and statistical computing.
Expertise: Tribal health and policy, long-term care, health reform, health policy, behavioral health (mental health, chemical dependency, abusive condition, and violence)
Locations: Global Local, First Nations and Government of Canada, Indigenous populations of New Zealand and Australia
Expertise: Food borne disease surveillance, surveillance of environmental factors associated with foodborne disease, the role of food workers in the occurrence of food borne diseases, use of epidemiologic methods in outbreak investigations and disease control
Expertise: Women’s health, etiology of reduced fertility, infertility and later disease, intersection of genital tract infections on reproduction, pregnancy-related morbidity, and epidemiologic methods in studies of fertility.
Expertise: Behavior & Health, Causal Inference, Child / Adolescent Health, Community Intervention, Community-Based Research, Epidemiology, Epidemiology: Social, Ethics, Obesity: Child, Physical Activity, Policy / Politics, Research Methods, Sociology, Statistics Education
Locations: Nepal, Global Local
Expertise: Development of novel biomarkers of human exposure to chemical carcinogens; carcinogen-induced damage to chromosomal and mitochondrial DNA; application of biomarkers to understand inter-individual differences in susceptibility to chemical carcinogen-induce
Expertise: Environmental endocrine disruptors and diabetes, environmental health, social determinants and epigenetics on human health, global health, risk assessment, toxicology, women’s health, systems biology; arsenic and heavy metal toxicity
Locations: India; Japan; Republic of Georgia
College of Veterinary Medicine
Expertise: Global food systems leadership, food safety, risk analysis, epidemiology of zoonoses, animal health monitoring and disease surveillance, animal and public health policy, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
Locations: Global, Thailand, Switzerland, France, Italy
Expertise: Epidemiology of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, outcomes assessment for student learning in public health and cultural competency, community-based practice opportunities in population and preventive medicine
Locations: Tribal communities
Expertise: Ecosystem health, Disease Ecology, connecting between human, domestic animal, wildlife animal, environmental health
Location: Africa especially in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Senegal and Tanzania
Expertise: Microbe-host interactions with specific emphasis on the evolution of the pathogen and it's adaptation to hosts. The translational aspect of these investigations is in the development of improved diagnostic tests and methods for microbial characterization and identification, as well as studies into new generations of antimicrobial vaccines and therapeutics.
Locations: South Korea, Brazil, China, Thailand
Expertise: Ecosystem health, zoonotic diseases, biodiversity and health, disease surveillance and risk analysis, health ecology
Locations: East and Southern Africa, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil and Chile. (Moderate experience in SE Asia and W Europe)